Which is Better Home, a Rabbit Cage or a Rabbit Hutch?

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Are you trying to decide whether to get a cage or a hutch for your rabbit? If so, there are many things you should consider before making your decision. Let’s go over some things to help you make the best choice for little furry friend.

Benefits of Cages
The number one reason to get one is that you are putting the enclosure inside. This isn’t a steadfast rule, simply a good place to start. These usually wire-based enclosures won’t be an eyesore inside your house. In fact, they can look pretty great in the right location. The best part is you will be able to easily see your pet at all times.

bunnycageAnother advantage is that they’re relatively portable. If you think you will need to move your pet around a lot, or take them to other locations, it will be pretty easy to do. Not only are they easy to transport, they’re also quite sturdy as well. If cared for, they can last a very long time. Also, their open design allows for quick and easy cleaning. Some might even have a built-in litter box system that makes cleaning even simpler.

Disadvantages of Cages
Simply put, they don’t provide much actual shelter or protection for your pet. If you were to keep it outdoors, your pet would be vulnerable to inclement weather, animal attacks and other dangers. For example, it would be very easy for rain to get in or even a predator. You wouldn’t want them to become coyote food.

Think about how cold it can be in the winter. For safety reasons, you wouldn’t want to expose your pet to the cold winter air. Now think about how warm it can get in the summer. Inclement weather can arrive quickly. Will your pet be properly protected from the elements?

They usually are not considered to be permanent fixtures. Therefore, for ease of movement, they tend to be on the smaller side. This isn’t an ideal situation. Bunnies usually prefer to have as much extra space as possible and open space is important for their health as well.

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A hutch will usually be the most obvious choice for your big-eared buddy’s shelter. They’re the most common choice for a rabbit home, especial one that will be located outdoors. One great thing about them is they can be made fairly large, and be customized to your liking. If you really wanted to, you could get some wood and add additional living space to the hutch, such as an extra area for them to run around.

Many of them also have flat bottoms, which is a lot better for your bunny’s feet than hard wires. If the floor still isn’t soft enough you could easily add something like cardboard or padding to make things more bunny-friendly. Consider adding a special warm and comfortable area to be their bed.

A hutch will usually be made from wood and other materials. When it comes to where your pet will be living, quality materials are important. The enclosure will act as a bed, litter box and playground for your little friend. They will even eat their food in there. You will want to make sure that everything is perfect for them.

Disadvantages of Hutches
Depending on how they’re designed, it can sometimes be hard to see your rabbit in action. They also tend to be quite closed in, allowing very little light to shine through. It may also be rare for your little friend to get a glimpse of the outside world.

Another disadvantage is that some of them simply aren’t that good. Naturally, some will be better than others, but there are some out there that are far from being sturdy. This can make things a little tricky when you’re shopping for one. Some might even be unsafe for your bunny, due to being too weak to offer proper protection. You obviously wouldn’t want them to be in danger due to a faulty enclosure. You may have to do a little research to know what problem areas to look for. After all, quality and safety are the most important aspects of your pet’s enclosure

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Pet Rabbits As Gifts: The Good and The Bad

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Rabbits have always been a popular choice as an Easter surprise, but they’ve been increasingly popular lately as gifts for other occasions such as birthdays. Despite their fuzzy appeal, though, there are a lot of drawbacks to giving one as a present. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons.

Potential Benefits of a Gift Bunny
With rabbit ownership up to about 5.3 million bunnies in the United States alone, it’s pretty clear that many people consider them to be a great companion. Bunnies come in a much wider variety of shapes and sizes than most people realize. There are over four dozen different breeds ranging from the tiny Netherland dwarf to the Flemish Giant, which can be over twenty pounds. They come in a range of coat lengths and colors, so there’s probably one out there to suit anyone’s idea of what’s cute.bunnyselfie

The physical appeal isn’t all bunnies have to offer, though. When properly socialized, they can be quite companionable and have a lot more personality than many people realize. They’re both affectionate and full of lively intelligence, displaying individual personalities and interesting behavior that often combines the social traits of a dog and the independence of a cat. Their intelligence allows bunnies to respond well to positive reinforcement. They can be taught to use a litter box, so they can be even be permitted free run of the home as long as chewable wires are picked up.

Bunnies are also pretty inexpensive and require fairly little maintenance. In addition to a generously-sized cage, they need food, fresh water, hay, and litter for the box. Basic health care is also needed, particularly when it comes to being sure the animal is spayed or neutered, and the cage or litter box will need to be cleaned regularly. Other than that, most of what they need is fun and social stimulation, which is the whole reason people want a companion animal around in the first place!

With all of these positive attributes, they can be a great idea for a gift as long as the potential owner is totally on-board. Just because it’s a present doesn’t mean it has to be a surprise, so let the recipient make the decision. That way they’ll be able to prepare, and you’ll be able to share the fun of picking out the perfect bunny.

Problems with Giving a Rabbit as a Present
Despite the good things about bunnies, giving a live animal as a gift is always tricky, so don’t buy one on impulse. A new pet comes with an obligation to take care of it. In this case, that obligation can last ten years or more. While the maintenance required is not as intense as, for example, a dog, busy people or travelers may feel encumbered by the need to give food and water, refill hay, and clean the cage, and lack of time for playing will lead to a bored rabbit that could develop behavior problems like excessive chewing.cleancage

The expense of health care may also be a concern for some people, particularly in areas where small animal veterinarians are pricier. If the recipient cannot afford to have their new pet spayed or neutered, they could end up with an animal that is territorial and aggressive or one that sprays urine on the walls. The concern around flea bites comes up. Just make sure you have the flea facts when it comes to rabbits.

The biggest potential danger in giving someone a bunny is that the person simply might not want it in the home. An unappreciated gift is fine when it can just be tossed in a closet, but when it’s a living creature, it can end very badly. The worst-case scenario is a neglected animal that winds up being sent to a humane shelter and possibly even euthanized.

In the long run, giving a companion animal to someone that cannot or does not want to take care of it is a recipe for disaster for both the animal and the reluctant owner. Don’t risk a surprise; instead, be sure that the pet is wanted before going ahead with the gift to make sure it will be welcome and loved.